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Movies are not only a source of entertainment but also “the” mirror of our lives. They “Read” our brains, “Reflect” our thoughts, “Re-frame” our memories and “Reach-out” to the deepest corner of our hearts. Will Smith in “Hitch” very well quoted: “Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.” To keep apace with that spirit I’m sharing my top 10 “Eureka” movie moments, which took my breath by surprise. So, fasten your seat belt and get ready for some words of wisdom.
1. All I can say is that My Ambition Far Exceeded My Talent. #Blow
2. Hope is a good thing. Probably the best of things and no good thing ever dies. #TheShawshankRedemption
3. Ernest Hemingway once wrote: The world is a fine place and worth fighting for. I agree with the second part. #Se7en
4. What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew, was the only someone for you? #SleeplessInSeattle
5. Not a lot of people know what it feels like to be angry, in your bones. I mean, they understand, foster parents, everybody understands, for awhile. Then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do, move on. So after awhile they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger, practice smiling in the mirror. It’s like putting on a mask. #TheDarkKnightRises
6. Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first. #GoodWillHunting
7. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine. I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. #Hugo
8. Most people live on a path we set from them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along who knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that’s the chairman’s real plan that may be one day we won’t write the plan, you will. #TheAdjustmentBureau
9. When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life. #Rocky Balboa
And finally the best at last, my favorite:
10. I love that you get cold when it’s seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking’ at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely. And it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. #WhenHarryMetSally
Those were mine but what about yours? Share your favorite dialogues here with me in comment section.
P.S. Read my previous post on Favorite Lines From Movies for more.
I was bored. Working on laptop all through the day is tiring. I love when everything around is moving so I can observe and learn. Keeping this thought, I went to my apartment’s 1st floor. We’ve a small park there. It was 7:30 pm; buzzing with kids, playing as if they are infinite, which you and I’ve forgotten a long ago. Nevertheless, with earphones into my ears, I sat down, to enjoy and see what those kids are up-to.
Scene-1: Two girls playing Hide n’ Seek:
This was really intriguing. Why so? Both were repeating their play! At first, I called it a coincidence. Then, I followed their play for 10-15 mins, to make a right consensus. And it was overtly exciting and enthusiastically interesting to watch them hiding at the same place again and again. It must not be a coincidence, don’t you think. Yes, it’s not.
Here is what I learn: For those two girls, seeking is never the fun part. It’s boring for them and rightly so. Re-enjoying the thrill of finding her friend in the end, is what they really seek. To make it clear, let assume: after a long time, you are visiting your family. The commute is long and you are sitting in your car, waiting for “the” moment, when you hug your parents, brothers, or sisters again. And that moment, when you actually hug them, is infinite. And those two girls, as I understand, want that sensation of being infinite again and again.
Scene-2: A bunch of 4 kids helping an another kid with his bicycle:
This was an eye opener. A boy, in a vibrant red t-shirt, was having trouble with his bicycle’s paddling chain. He was really confused, with no-one around to help. Then, there was a bunch of 4 kids, who were playing on other side. I can’t say how they found out that this other kid needs some help but all 4 quickly came and pulled him out of his dilemma. They all smiled in the end. And those smiles, for me, was “the” moment of being infinite.
What I learn out of this: Everyone needs help. Life is a cycle. You help others, they help you in return and this way harmony remains intact. Thus, we all must put our hands forward for help, when we see others in trouble and doubts.
Scene-3: Five-six girls dancing all round the park:
I was confused, to be true, on seeing a girl, in a lively pink color dress, asking other kids to group and join hands. She instructed them something, that I didn’t hear. But what happened afterwards, was completely mesmerizing: they all started dancing; hustling and making their own way; bringing smiles to everyone watching them.
What they teach me: Be a leader in your life. Make others feel special about themselves. Group, hustle and enjoy together because such moments don’t come often.
Conclusion: This post is not about how kids make us learn. It’s about those small moments, when you feel you are the happiest person on Earth. So, take some time out of your busy schedule to re-group with your friends, family. I bet, in the end, you would’ve many memories to cherish and learn.
I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song on that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite. – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Read Ten Leadership shifts that change everything Very insightful blog post with an array of hard facts. I want to re-share the traits leaders must acquire, as cited in the blog, in order to sync with their team efficiently and timely.
Top ten leadership shifts:
- Me to we – humility.
- Doing to delegating – letting go.
- Talk to action – initiative.
- Answers to questions – curiosity.
- Problems to solutions – optimism.
- Past to future – forward focus.
- Control to release – trust.
- Avoiding to addressing – courage.
- Urgent to important – priorities.
- Receiving to giving – service.
As always, I leave you guys with a quotation.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership – Nelson Mandela
Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. Potential is tremendous with large number of usages in various areas raging from omni-channel retailing to healthcare. Let see table stakes it aims to offer in both the areas.
a) Omni-channel marketing:
An approach to track down customers through mobile internet devices, computers, television, and other similar platforms. To make it clear, suppose you like to buy a latest iphone. Today, you can either buy it online or from any nearby outlet. Keep in mind, there may be many retailers/wholesalers, available to you but you can’t just place your order with one and buy from another as each of them have their own separate inventory. But in coming years, you’ll be able to achieve that. Plus, you would get real-time updates including customer reviews, products cost and availability. Without any doubt, it provides a new supply chain and inventory management system.
But how BIG is the market to convert it into a profitable business?
* Mobile internet users by 2015 in Asia – 1.5 Billion (India: 300 Million, China: 700 Million).
* Two-fifths of UK own a smartphone.
* US retail m-commerce sales shot up 81% to nearly $25 Billion last year.
* Worldwide 4% drop in laptop and desktop sales at the end of 2012 and continues to fall.
What these numbers suggest?
i) Merchandise to be more customer centric —- better customer satisfaction and engagement.
ii) Increase in customer retention rate and reach —– increment in sales volumes.
iii) Your company to create more job opportunities —– transforming whole community.
RFID embedded sensors are used by a huge % of medical fraternity nowadays. A patient’s day-to-day medical parameters like blood pressure level, heart-beat rate, sugar level, etc. can be processed and reported into useful data monthly, quarterly or yearly, providing doctors detailed analysis and help them managing their patients in an efficient way. It also provide solution(s) to countless problems mentioned below.
What are its benefits?
1) Patients check-up is faster —– you don’t have to wait long in long queues.
2) Proper tracking of medical equipments and inventory —– decrement in hoarding activities.
3) Eye on medical staff (esp. on working hours) —– more emphasize on patients’ care and health.
What all other global issues it can fix?
i) Large % of no. of births and deaths in low-income and middle-income groups are unregistered.
ii) Understand the source(s) of obesity by comparing data with food products companies (Around 25% Americans and close to 22% Europeans are obese, according to WHO).
RFID implementation, in both the sectors, clearly put forth an opportunity for companies to be big and transformative by changing lives of billions of people worldwide.
Yesterday, I read an article about importance of investments in R&D to manufacture and sell low-cost products or technology in developing markets like India, China and Africa. It emphatically also pointed out troubles to promote such products because of their low customer reach, and lesser brand recognition due to a stiff competition from other well-established consumer products companies. One thing, which caught my eye, was the term “tickle-up innovation“. A total mystery for my knowledge, I decided to Google. Here are my findings and I will try to relate it to you in some or other forms.
First, what is Tickle-up Innovation? (also known as Reverse Innovation) is a practice, which is used first, in developing countries and then sold elsewhere in the world. Traditionally, innovation originates from a developed country, which further moves to a developing markets, if successful. But here life-cycle is reverse, hence the name “Reverse Innovation”. The contrasting point involved is that the products/technology/services, which are a part of it, are created locally in the developing markets.
But what edge does this gives to a local manufacturer?
1) Cut down huge shipment costs.
2) Easy availability of hundreds of low-pay skilled workers.
3) Customer feedback can be obtained and processed much faster and more efficiently.
4) Setup and opportunity costs are considerably lower.
5) Humongous market size to test/pilot any product/technology.
6) Superior customer acquisition model as product developers would mostly be from the country of origin.
Okay. Now comes the part: what all problems it can eradicate by providing a plausible solution. Following is sector-wise analysis:
a ) Food:
High price and Saddled working hours: Life style in developing countries is rougher in comparison with developed countries, thus people tend to miss a daily dose of healthy food or right amount of nutrition (both in rural and urban areas). Costly food further adds misery. Therefore, there is a dire need of a new category of food supplement.
Non-availability of state-of-the-art medical facilities: Paying monthly medical bills isn’t easy. Instruments with high cost and steep power consumption system makes a patient life’s more miserable. Steep power consumption means more electricity requirement, and countries like India, having acute shortage of electricity, ask for efficient and cost-cutting alternatives. To counter such problems many companies are recommending battery based medical devices as a solution.
The Power of Web: Everyone demands it but only few can afford. With mobile internet market size to grow to 300 Million by 2015 in India (and considerably at a higher or same rate in other developing countries) there are only two ways to cash-in the upcoming customers. Either by decreasing prices of smartphone devices or by innovating applications for non-smartphone segment to allow users to access web. The later could be a more cost-effective and plausible solution at this moment. Due to this reason alone, most of the tech companies are investing and betting on cloud computing today.
d) Travel and Transportation:
Easy on pocket, anytime, anywhere: The “mantra” for travel nowadays. Everyone loves to own car but affordability is the biggest issue stopping them from fulfilling their dreams. Projects like Tata Nano aims to fill that bridge, though, is far from a huge success and yet to be tested worldwide, provides ample opportunities for other Auto-manufactures to take a leap in this segment. Also there is a huge requirement for a new day-to-day transportation model, to keep pace with the growing demand and population.
What NEXT?……If it is successful in developing countries, then it can be upgraded for sales in developed world. But that raise questions about whether or not they be able to compete in the top-tier markets (as I pointed out early). This particular concept is called “provenance paradox“. Though, many experts suggest to go for a long-haul then looking for short-term profits and flaunt your country of origin, if you want build your brand for the future, the real deal is yet to be proven.
“Roadmap of business innovation for the world” – Mukesh Ambani
“Essential for global business leaders” – NR Narayana Murthy
“Reverse Innovation explains how innovations are originating from developing countries” – Ratan Tata
Gone are the days of you sitting in your office for relentless 8-10 hours, working your butt off to add value to your firm and more importantly to make yourself available to your boss. An exemplary topic for board-room discussions crossed my mind only recently, when I noticed many employees at my office opting for work-from-home mode on a regular basis. “Work-from-home” is now a world-wide parlance, a brouhaha, which promises to revolutionize the entire system. Though, the recent Yahoo snub and tough economic conditions have lofted many organizations in quandary whether or not to adopt this new trend but gusts in its favor are sturdy due to availability of so many office management tools today.
Ask yourself: how many hours do I spend sitting in my office cubicle daily. Personally, I spend more than 75% of my office hours warming my swivel chair. I agree, it depends a lot on the type of job/field you work in but still many of us spend most of our office time just doing that. Now, imagine how wonderful it would be for you to do the same work sitting in more comfort hours of your home. Feeling better? I bet you are.
Having said that, we must recognize its other side too. I see following questions glued to this very idea:
1) Employees’ role and approach towards working from home?
2) What % increment in productivity does it offers to an employee?
3) How often/frequent a firm should allow its employees this benefit?
4) At which hierarchical level, employees should be allowed to avail this opportunity?
5) Should employee remuneration be scaled-up or scaled-down?
6) How to evaluate employees for promotion?
7) Will it strengthens company-employee relationship?
8) Any increment in retirement age?
Unfortunately, I don’t have fool-proof suggestions, at this moment, to the above raised questions. Answers are not straightforward as it makes or breaks a firm’s fortune, if used widely and frequently. Moreover, before jumping onto productive and counter-productive aspects, its a must for any firm to evaluate every perspective financially because it pledges to cut company ‘s costs efficiently more than just making life easier for employees.
Now, lets study some of the benefits it has to offer both to firms and employees-
1) Will reduce consumption of hundreds of barrels of fuel daily.
2) Better time utilization due to decrement in commute hours.
3) Office employees can unshackle themselves from putting thousands of dollars on their office wardrobe.
4) May increase employees’ productivity as they now be less burdened/frustrated by office dilly-dally.
5) Allow working parents (esp. working mothers) to live dual lives with vastly improved work-life balance.
6) Efficient energy management system for physically challenged and old aged employees.
7) Prevents unnecessary traffic accidents.
1) Can operate their business literally 24×7 with flexible working hours.
2) Can cut down fixed and variable costs by huge margins (like office bills, building costs, employees’ pay, travel costs).
3) Open door for investments in many less glamoured avenues like social sector.
4) Sharp improvement in ROT (return on time) by reduction in wasted pitch-ins.
5) Helps firms to reduce attrition rate.
Apart from all the good-good aspects, the environment office hours provides both in terms of knowledge and networking is tremendous. Replacing office by home is a absolutely rubbish claim and should not be on the table of any organization ever. Right balance has to be achieved to gain greater heights